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Dear Patient Care Advocates: What is Embryo Donation?

Dear Patient Care Advocates:

My husband and I have tried to conceive with IVF but due to diminished ovarian reserve, we were unable to get pregnant with my eggs. We thought about using an egg donor, but I am really having trouble accepting that the baby would be biologically related to my husband and not me. He says he completely understands my feelings on this and has agreed we can also use a sperm donor. I briefly researched egg and sperm donors, and came across embryo donation. Can you tell me more about this? Do I need a lawyer for embryo donation?


TTC in Syracuse

Dear TTC,

Many couples decide to pursue embryo donation for the exact same reason you are considering it! There are many other reasons why couples pursue embryo donation, too, but let's speak specifically to your situation. Our emotions are tested during infertility, and this is one procedure that helps couples to build their families without feeling "jealous" or "resentful" of their partner's connection to a baby.

With embryo donation, you would transfer the embryo(s) created by another couple (and not used during their own IVF cycles, thus donated) into your uterus. It is very similar to the embryo transfer you already experienced, however, you may undergo a different course of fertility drugs. Also, because this falls under third party reproduction, you should definitely consult an attorney who specializes in Family Building and Reproductive Law. They will thoroughly explain the process, your rights, and the rights of the donors (though the donors have most likely signed over any rights to the embryos before the donation began).

We can explain embryo donation in greater detail and match you with a clinic in your area. Give us a call at 1-855-955-BABY (2229) or send me an email to get started!

Baby Dust,

Watch as Dr. John Payne of PREG explains: "What is Embryo Donation?"

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